Last December, I told you about the new fresh beef Quarter Pounders from McDonald’s, but I had no clue Burger King was also testing out fresh patties for their Whopper. Right across the street from where my Burger Museum was located, there is a corporate-owned Burger King.
I pulled into the lot around the front of the building to get some of the new crispy chicken tenders. At the drive-thru, I encounter a poster mentioning a new fresh beef Whopper.
While paying, I ask the fella at the window about the sign. He was clueless about it.
As I’m driving home, I think about some more. Then I head to the corporate Burger King location near their headquarters.
It’s a few blocks from my home. I drive around the drive-thru’s outer perimeter but see no signage touting it.
Now I’m fully committed to finding out more about it. But, after a quick internet search, I encounter nothing.
How many Burger Kings?
This adventure takes me to five more locations en route to Westchester. I finally found the BK on Bird Road and 117th Avenue with the poster I’m looking for.
I order a Whopper with only cheese, mayo, ketchup, and another exactly as it comes for my parents. Then, I ask the fella in the window about the fresh beef Whopper.
He tells me that they’ve been selling them that way for a while but only recently began publicly mentioning it. So I park in the Burger King lot and open my wrapped fresh beef Whopper.
There I find a patty that looks thicker than a regular one. A feeling of nostalgia comes over me when I hold and then bite into it.
I remember when I could barely hold a BK double cheeseburger as a kid. Of course, growing up, we were a Burger King household, and my Mom was and still is one of the world’s biggest Whopper fans.
It had all the right flavor notes of a Whopper but seemed to be missing the very pronounced flame-grilled taste that makes Burger King who they are. I liked it, but I feel this was a little off, so I’m hoping to give it another go again in a few days.
My parents split their Whopper, and both loved it even though I forgot to get cheese. But, hey, you can’t win ’em all.